Monday, November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020 Ridley's Believe It Or Not Write Your Own Epitaph Day;

Ridley's Believe It Or Not November 2, 2020
       CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues with 463,334 new cases (a .99%  increase compared to a .78% increase yesterday) to bring the total over  47 million to 47,226,044, 12,064,949 of  which  are active, 35,161,095 of which have been closed with 33,951,384  recoveries (96.56% compared to  yesterday’s 96.55%) and 1,209,711 deaths (3.44% compared to yesterday’s 3.45%) to continue the trend of increased recovery percentages and decreased mortality percentages. 
       CV USA Cases: New cases of 141,780 with total cases over 9 million at 9,525,519 (a 1.51% increase compared to yesterday’s .80%  increase) with 3,150,422 active cases of which 17,267 (.55% of active cases), recently on a disturbing upward trend with slight blips from a high of 19,155 on July 23  (17,214 yesterday and 15,881 on September 1), are in serious or critical condition as trend has shifted and may be continuing to go up, and 6,375,097 closures, 236,786 of which have been deaths (3.71% compared to yesterday’s 3.74%) and 6,138,311 of which have been recoveries (96.29% compared to yesterday’s 96.26%) (our death rate percentages continue to improve and are finally in single digits since Cuomo repealed on May 10 his order sending CV positive patients to nursing homes and ADL facilities and on a deaths per million population measurement at 714 ranks behind Peru (1042), Belgium (1011), Spain (775), Brazil (751), Bolivia (745),  Chile (746), and Ecuador (715),  and only slightly worse than Mexico (710), UK (689), Argentina (687 newly added to the list, Italy (646), and Sweden (587) that never closed its economy down like we did and we have now conducted 4,654,572 more tests to bring total to 149,694,768 tests (now at 451,345/M compared to Russia at 421,648/M so Trump is telling truth that we conduct more tests in number and on a per capital basis for nations (other than those nations that contain small populations like Bahrain, Denmark,  Israel, Singapore and UAE) but for the U.K. which remains off the testing charts at 505,827/M).
       Non CV Case News: While Lady Gaga dressed in camo opens a beer,  takes a swallow of beer, crushes the almost full can and tosses it to her feet and urges her fans to vote for Biden, Rapper Lil Pump wears a MAGA hat at Trump rally and blasts Biden’s tax plan (mocking ordinary Americans and wasting a beer makes most of us Gag while not having taxes raised makes us want to vote in the right way); Biden and Trump are both campaigning if you can call Biden’s appearances with almost no one there in an election getting closer by the moment; in another example of the growing political divide and intolerance, recent survey say 25% of employees say they have been pressured by colleagues to switch parties and 21% say they would not want to work with someone with whom they politically disagree with; in one unscientific poll, Lochtel’s a Pennsylvania bakery located in Hatsbro, reports that its “4 more years” pro Trump cookies and outselling “Biden 46th cookies  by a margin of 6 to 1; In a chilling reminder that the last letter of the Greek alphabet is Omega, Hurricane Eta now a CAT 3 is expected to shortly hit Nicaragua; the movement to defund the police sweeping Blue run cities is having the predictable consequence of firearm sales soaring to new records with 18.6 million surpassing last year’s record by 2 million and watch for sales to really spike if Biden is elected (Bozo O’Rourke is going to be a busy man trying to confiscate guns in that case in 2021); Prince William like his father Charles came down with CV in April but did not disclose it as he did not want to create panic; Justice Amy Coney Barrett took her seat on SCOTUS to hear oral arguments today.
         Chicago/Baltimore Gun Violence: In Chicago as of November 1,  2020, the number of shootings increased to 3,573 of whom 611 have died (total travesty of BLM when blacks are shot and killed by blacks in droves and only sounds of silence and complete absence of any protests in front of City Hall demanding action to curb the killings and shootings); Baltimore with a fraction of Chicago’s population and hoping against all hopes that 2020 will not be a record in terms of deaths but now seems to be shooting less and killing less and is now 334 behind Chicago at 277 murders (when will Chicago and Baltimore get serious about this carnage or is this the case of true racism as a Blue run city turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to the slaughter of people of color by people of color and when will the left focus on the problem of color on color shootings in Blue run cities which  have  been way  more  deadly and way more numerous than shootings by  police or by random mass shootings which occur far much less.
        As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history, a musical link to “Money Maker“ by Ludacris feat. Pharrell Foxx, the fact that you do are not a popinjay, and a quote from Howard Hughes on the flight of the Spruce Goose, secure in the knowledge that if you want to send a gift for any memorable events like Father’s Day, college graduations, birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries, you know that the Alaskanpoet can provide you with a unique customized poem at a great price tailored to the event and the recipient. Please contact me for details.                      1.  International Day for the End of Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists—created in December 2013 by the General Assembly to pick this day for the observance as it marked the date two French journalists, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were kidnapped and killed in 2013 in the African nation of Mali by unknown assailants after interviewing a separatist group. 
          2.  Plan Your Own Epitaph—believed to have been created by Lance Hardie, the author of How to Write Your Own Epitaph—and Live Long Enough to Enjoy It My might be Here Lies a Poet Whose Rhymes May Be Immortal But His Body Didn’t Know It.        

         3. 2006 Number One Song— the number 1 song in 2006 on a run of 2 weeks was “Money Maker” by Ludacris feat. Pharrell to join 17 other songs that made  number 1 list, the highest number since 1991. Here is a recording of the song:
          4. Word of the Day—today’s word of the day is “popinjay” which means a conceited person which describes someone who is best to avoid.

          5. Out of Order in the Order—bemoaning the birth on this day in 1938 of white supremacist David Eden Lane who founded the White Supremacist Group The Order and who was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and violation of civil rights of a radio host Alan Berg by killing him and sentenced to 190 years in prison where he died on May 28, 2007 at the age of 68 from an epileptic seizure at Marion Penitentiary.
    On this day in:

         a. 1920 the U.S.’s commercial radio station KDKA located in Pittsburgh began broadcasting for the first time by broadcasting the results of the 1920 elections.
         b. 1947 with Howard Hughes at the controls in Long Beach Harbor, the Hercules H-4 (aka the “Spruce Goose”) made its first and only flight with 36 people aboard of approximately one mile at 70 feet above the water at 135 m.p.h.
         c. 1959 Charles Van Doren a game winner on the game show Twenty One admitted before a Congressional Committee that he had been given the questions in advance.

        d. 1983 President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
         e. 2016 the Chicago after a 106 years after winning the World Series, defeated the Cleveland Indians to win it once more.
   Reflections on flying the Spruce Goose: On flying the largest plane ‘Spruce Goose’ in the world in 1947. One that people said would never fly together with reporter James McNamara] ‘We were really up in the air. We were really up in the air. Howard did you expect that?’ [Said James McNamara] Certainly, I like to think surprises. I thought I might have surprised.” Howard Hughes

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